Birth Control FAQs

If you’re looking for the best birth control for you in Missoula, MT, the midwives at The Birth Center can guide you through the process.

FAQs About Birth Control in Missoula, MT

How many birth control options are available?

There are at least a dozen options for birth control available in Missoula, MT. You have the natural methods of using condoms, fertility awareness, and timing ejaculation to pull out. There are also methods prescribed by a medical professional, including the pill, the patch, IUDs, a vaginal ring, the shot, implants, surgery, emergency contraception, and spermicide.

How do I know which one is right for me?

Having birth control is a very personal decision, as is the method of birth control you choose. Some methods are more effective than others, and each requires different things. For example, with the Pill, you have to remember to take it each day. With implants, you do not have to think about it until it’s time to get a new one. The best way to choose a method is to discuss your goals and options with your midwife at The Birth Center.

What side effects are associated with birth control?

This depends on the method of birth control you choose. The Pill is often associated with headaches and migraines, nausea, missed periods, lower sex drive, and – sometimes – serious issues like blood clots. The shot sometimes causes the same side effects, along with acne, weight gain, depression, and more. The IUD can cause cramping, irregular periods, and heavier periods. As you can see, each can produce side effects. When you find a method you’re interested in, ask about any specific side effects of that method.

How long do I need to wait after starting birth control to have sex?

It depends on your method of birth control. With some, like an IUD, you’re good to go pretty much immediately if it’s inserted during the right point of your monthly cycle. With others, you might have to wait 24 hours to a week.

How long can I stay on birth control?

There’s no set length of time that it’s safe to use birth control. If you're healthy, you can likely use birth control until you reach menopause. However, if you’re unhealthy or there are other issues, you may need to come off of birth control earlier.

Does birth control protect you from STDs?

Birth control is designed specifically to prevent pregnancy – not STDs. The only birth control method that can provide some level of STD protection is condoms.

If you’d like to learn more about birth control in Missoula, MT, schedule an appointment at The Birth Center by calling (406) 541-7115.

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